Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Get Your Grub On!

I know many of you like to bake and cook as much as I do.  These things are SOOOO addiciting.  Give 'em a whirl.  You'll fall in loves!!!

Pass around a tray full of these to your company (or co-workers) on Winter Solstice Eve or Christmas or Happy Thursday Night - or whatever you celebrate.

~Solstice Snowballs~

Ingredients: 1 cup butter (no substitutes),softened; 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup ground walnuts, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup powdered sugar (set aside to roll the baked cookies in).

Preparation: Preheat oven to 400*F. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla extract on high speed until fluffy. Add flour, walnuts & salt. Mix until well combined; roll the dough into small,1-inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet (I line mine with parchment paper). Bake at 400*F for ten minutes. Remove cookies from the pan and roll in the powdered sugar,while still warm.

Recipe yields about 48 cookies.

Tip: a few days before you plan to make them,put the powdered sugar in a tightly closed container together with a whole vanilla bean.The vanilla bean will impart its flavourful essence to the sugar and can then be used in recipes or as a garnish.